Reid calls Vick ‘starting quarterback,’ Birds rally around struggling star

Vick said he didn’t need to hear a vote of confidence from Andy Reid.

Blame it on semantics.

Andy Reid’s comments Monday that Mike Vick was his quarterback “right now” were blown way out of proportion, according to the Eagles coach. Reid re-iterated yesterday that “Michael is our starting quarterback.”

Vick said he and Reid spoke about the situation.

“We spoke about it, but it wasn’t anything serious,” Vick said. “We’re in a position where we have to look forward to this week.”

Of course, the issue isn’t one that is going to go away unless Vick starts protecting the football. He has accounted for nine turnovers (six interceptions, three fumbles) in three games this season. His next mistake — maybe Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field — could earn the first chant for backup Nick Foles. Despite his recent struggles, Vick isn’t worried about his job security.

“No, not at all, I know that it [turnovers] can be corrected,” Vick said. “That’s the most important thing and I know I can get my job done week in and week out. As a whole you have to go out there and put it all together. That’s what I’m focused on and nothing in between.”

Vick’s teammates all have his back, too. They pulled out all the clichés, saying their sloppy play shouldn’t be blamed on one person.

“It doesn’t just fall on one person,” DeMeco Ryans said. “We all have to continue to do our job and get better.”

Vick has been hit an estimated 40 times in three games, including 19 last week.

“It’s not just Mike and it’s not just the O-line, it’s everybody involved in that,” said Brent Celek. “We just have to go out and execute better. Then, he won’t be on his back as much.”


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